CBS has renewed “CSI” for the 2013-14 season and given a two-year contract extension to star Ted Danson.
A pickup for the show’s 14th season had been expected, given its solid performance in the Wednesday 10 p.m. time slot this season. By next season, the mothership show may be the only one left in active production as “CSI: NY” is expected to call it a wrap after this season. Elisabeth Shue and other key “CSI” troupers are also on board to return.
“ ‘CSI’ is synonymous with CBS, and we are so proud of the series’ creative and commercial legacy and its continued success on our network,” said CBS Entertainment prexy Nina Tassler. “The writers and producers have done an amazing job evolving ‘CSI,’ reinventing the show around an incredible leading man in Ted Danson, the acclaimed Elisabeth Shue and our beloved and talented core of original cast members.”
Added CBS TV Studios prexy David Stapf: “CSI is one of the top global franchises and is seen in almost every country in the world. It defined feature television and its whodunnit storytelling captured audiences since the day it premiered.”
The value of the “CSI” brand was demonstrated earlier this month when a 50% interest in the three “CSI” branded dramas, including the now-retired “CSI: Miami,” sold for an estimated $400 million. CBS retains control of the series and all worldwide distribution rights.
Carol Mendelsohn remains showrunner and exec producer along with Don McGill, creator Anthony Zuiker, Jerry Bruckheimer, Jonathan Littman, Louis Milito, Ann Donahue, Cindy Chvatal and William Petersen.